May 3rd, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Actress Lynn Redgrave dead at 67

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Lynn Redgrave, a member of the famed Redgrave acting dynasty noted for her roles in "Georgy Girl" and "Gods and Monsters," has died. She was 67.

Redgrave's death was announced by her children.

"Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer," the children - Ben, Pema and Annabel - said in a statement. "She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before.  The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives.  Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time."

Redgrave was the daughter of actor Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and aunt of Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson. She first gained fame for 1966's "Georgy Girl,"  a comedy about an upbeat woman making the most of Swinging London. The role garnered her an Oscar nomination. She was nominated more than 30 years later for "Gods and Monsters," in which she played director James Whale's housekeeper.

Over the decades, Redgrave appeared in several movies and many TV shows, including recent appearances on "Ugly Betty" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

A funeral is scheduled for later this week.


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  1. Irene Zalrena

    May you rest in peace, enjoy being in the presence of God. You have joined many who are waiting for those chosen to recieve the call to sit at God's side. The pain is gone, but you live forever on in the memories of all who love you. I always enjoyed your family and you in the movies. Not one picture I can say, that I didn't want to see again. Many that I have and will continue to enjoy, God bless, my prayers and condulences to the Family. Irene

    May 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. millie

    Poor Debbie.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lance

    Her presence will be missed but will be fondly remembered through film and memories.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marla

    I will pray for you all to have strength. Loosing a mother is difficult. When we lost ours we were all grateful to have a mother we loved and respected. I am sure you are too. Anyone who has a mother is blessed, loosing them is hard. Love and Joy....

    May 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lauratj

    A beautiful,talented actress. Rest in peace. Brought joy to many.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lynn Hugo

    I loved her as a child. (We share the same first name :) ) And loved her even more as an adult. I am very sad for all who loved her that she is gone. Rest in Peace Lynn.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Miriam Center

    She was total woman, in every conceivable way. An inspiration.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    typical Debbie, always making it about you

    May 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stan

    R.I.P. Ms. Redgrave.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MJL

    Lynn Redgrave was a wonderful actress..Rest in Peace!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Heath

    I have never been lucky enough to meet this lady and I can't remember watching any of her films but some of the films that her sister has been in are some of my all time favourites, like Deep Impact and Mission Impossible. This is a huge loss for Hollywood and the film industry. If her talents were as broad as other members of her special family then I have truly missed out on another fine Redgrave. To fight a very tough battle for so long is very courageous and she has done this in true Redgrave spirit.

    May you finally be at peace Lynn Redgrave.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MCB

    How sad for her family and her sister Vanessa. Lynn and Vanessa's brother Corin just died last month. What a sad year for the Redgrave family.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. debbie

    Brian – Thank you!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. debbie

    Yes, I saw a minute or two after my first post that I missed the breast cancer part. And thanks to those who kindly pointed it out.

    For all of you who found it necessary to make snotty, nasy comments, how nice to be you – so perfect in every way, never making a mistake...

    Breast cancer indeed sucks – but so do mean, nasty, negative people!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    Folks, lighten up on Debbie.

    She corrected herself and yet there are SIX (as of typing this) people who feel the need to correct her, several in an insulting and condescending way. Is that needed?

    The arrogance is astounding.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Robin Winslow

    I am so sorry you lost your battle with cancer.
    R.I.P Lynn

    May 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. van2

    I loved her work in Law&order and some other films she was in. Rest in Peace Lynn.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. caryn

    A very long struggle indeed. may she now rest in peace – she was a very talented classy lady – one to be remembered.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tofu Dan

    We live in a world of skimmers, not readers.

    Rest in peace, Ms. Redgrave.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mr. Wilson

    This is very sad. She was one of the few actresses who was redefining herself constantly and really showing her range as an artist.

    It shouldn't surprise anyone, though. The Redgrave family has talent coming out of their pores.

    My heart goes out to her sister, Vanessa, and the rest of her family. They have lost so much so fast. My sincere condolences.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. David

    My single favorite show, movie, mini-series, event, etc. ever shown on TV was the epic mini-series "Centennial." Her role as Charlotte Seccombe was unforgettable.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. steve

    I hate breast cancer.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. COG

    Another bright light in the Redgrave family is gone. So soon after the loss of Natasha Richardson. They were both dynamic, powerful actresses and they will both be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Redgrave family at this difficult time.

    I especially enjoyed Ms. Lynn Redgrave's performance in the remake of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" in which she performs with her sister Ms. Vanessa Redgrave.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. junieb

    ummmm, my guess would be maybe...........breast cancer.

    R.I.P. Lynn. You will be missed.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. CKNJ

    A great actress and a great loss with her passing! R.I.P. Ms Redgrave!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. stephandwin

    the article reads that she died of breast cancer.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Linda

    My heart goes out to the Redgrave family; they've had three difficult deaths in the family recently and barely time to mourn.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. TJ

    debbie,

    "Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer,"

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Julie

    Breast cancer. Very sad news.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sara

    debbie, it clearly says she died of breast cancer.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jim

    Such a shame – what a talented and beautiful woman! I wonder what the cause was.....?

    Uh, Debbie, it was breast cancer..... Gotta read the article sometimes.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Amy

    RIP Ms. Redgrave....such a brave and long battle. Sending prayers and condolences to her family. Your great talent will be missed!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Lisa

    Debbie, it says it in the article "Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer"

    May 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jenn

    I'm betting the cause was breast cancer since it aid that right in the article.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mrs. Matthew Groves

    My thoughts and prayers to her entire family, I pray she rests in peace and I also wish to thank her for all the wonderful memories she has left for us! God Bless You Lynn, you will be greatly missed!

    May 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  36. norma

    What a great lady and what sad news. Talented, regal – all the things a great actress should be. Wicked sense of humour, methinks.
    All the best to her family.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  37. eProducer

    Love you. See you up there, Lynn, dear.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Fran

    Classy, talented actress. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jeanne

    What a terrible loss for her family and for the entertainment community. She will be sorely missed.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mary Hartnett

    That family seems cursed. So many dead in a year. I will miss Lynn. She was the most down to earth one of the bunch.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Michele

    erm.... if you'd read past the headline you'd know it was breast cancer.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. High & Mighty Joe

    She was a great actress. She will be missed by all who knew her. May GOD be with her family and friends.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. debbie

    Oh, just read that she died after a 7 year battle with Breast Cancer. Prayers to her family and friends...

    May 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  44. debbie

    Such a shame – what a talented and beautiful woman! I wonder what the cause was.....?

    May 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Lo Mo

    R.I.P. Lynn.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

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